Worms - PlayStation

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Also for: Xbox 360, PC, Power Mac, Game Boy, Saturn, Jaguar, Sega Megadrive, SNES, Amiga, CD32
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Team17 Soft. Co.: Team17
Publishers: Infogrames (GB)
Ocean (GB/US/JP)
Released: Nov 1995 (GB)
Unknown (US/JP/GB)

Summary

This is an insanely hilarious and addictive shoot 'em up. Choose your battalion of worms and it's forwards to victory (or otherwise), set against the most bizarre landscapes, and preferably against a human opponent : that's when the real fun starts. Work out your frustrations with some mindless destruction, and when you're finished, we defy you not to play again.

Worms was the game that proved several major software houses and at least one prominent critic extremely wrong. At a time when it was almost impossible to get a game into production if it wasn't 3D, texture-mapped, and phong shaded, Team17 stuck out for this determinedly old-school game. Several publishers turned it down, but Ocean brought it to market. The graphics were effective but simple enough to be done on the Amiga and the Megadrive. The sound was laughable (and funny as hell). But what Worms had in its favour was good old fashioned playability. Millions of games-players the world over saw this, and made the game into a huge international success. Because Worms wasn't cutting-edge at launch, it has aged none today, and is still worth digging out for the occasional blast, particularly with one or more friends.